Fourteeners loom over Keystone golfers (Keystone/Facebook)
The golf season at Colorado winter resorts may be truncated but, while they are open, the courses reflect the mountains amidst they sit.
SnoCountry.com went looking for Colorado courses that lay out as close to their mountain host as possible – meaning they all have plenty of elevation change, narrow confines and spectacular views. Each challenges golfers to hit it straight, hit your spots and control distance that elevation brings. And remember: the putts always break away from the mountain.
Copper. Par-69 layout hugs tight to the Super Bee base area, occasionally climbing on the lower slopes for serious elevation rise-and-fall. Reachable at 5,880 yards from tips, but water and sand and placement of tee shots raises challenge. Discounts for Denverites.
Telluride. Set amidst 14,000-ers, this par-70 layout winds up and around the main base village, Chondula and chair lifts. Elevation change prevails, with a long drop on Hole 1, 92-step walk up to Hole 18 tee box, and all manner of ups and downs in between. Back tees play 6,545 while fronts go 4,700 – all at 9,400 feet above sea level.
Beaver Creek. This long, out-and-back course follows eponymous Beaver Creek from the main base down into the valley. Narrow fairways offset by cause-to-pause mountain scenics. Tips play to more than 6,600 yards on this par-70 layout.
Keystone. The River Course sits along the Snake River just before it spills into Dillon Reservoir. Front nine tracks along the river, while back nine heads into the heavy lodgepole pine – each with serious ups and downs including Hole 16 with 194-foot drop from tee to green and 18th with 12 bunkers. Five tee locations per hole.